I am confused by the Apple documentation for low-level file handling: http://tinyurl.com/q5bzo3 For the example: Code: NSString *path = [NSHomeDirectory() stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"MyFile.txt"]; I just want the home directory, and not appending anything to it. I tried Code: NSString *path = [NSHomeDirectory()]; but Xcode gives an error of expecting : before ] and so I take it is expecting some parameter to be passed. I tried passing an empty string literal @"", and it worked, but surely that is not the right way to do it (?) Clicking on the hyperlink for NSHomeDirectory gives a fairly useless description: NSHomeDirectory Returns the path to the current users home directory. NSString * NSHomeDirectory (void); Return Value The path to the current users home directory. Discussion For more information on file-system utilities, see Low-Level File Management Programming Topics. Availability * Available in Mac OS X v10.0 and later. See Also * NSFullUserName * NSUserName * NSHomeDirectoryForUser Related Sample Code * Quartz Composer WWDC 2005 TextEdit Declared In NSPathUtilities.h Please advise where I should be looking, because I have tried searching in all the usual places (including option+double clicking) and the docs are not helpful. Thanks!